The 24thSunday after Trinity

Today's Reading: Matthew 9:18-26

Daily Lectionary: Jeremiah 7:1-29; Matthew 23:1-12

Now when the crowd was cast outside, He entered and grasped her hand, and the girl was raised. (Matthew 9:25)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Jesus. That's His name, God's name. It means "Yahweh saves." It's not just His Name, but it also tells us exactly what He does. He saves. It's why He was born, and why He was supposed to be named "Jesus." As the angel told Joseph, "She will bear a son, and you will call His name 'Jesus' because He Himself will save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21).

Yes, Jesus saves you from your sins. He came to die and rise from the dead to do that. But Jesus also saves from sickness and death. That's what He did for the woman with the flow of blood: "Be of good cheer, daughter: Your faith has saved you" (Matthew 9:22). Her faith trusted that Jesus would do that, and faith receives from Jesus what He gives. He also saved that girl from death. She was dead. Everyone knew it, but to God death is only a nap. So Jesus pulled her up by the hand, resurrected from death.

That's the promise of Jesus' resurrection: You will rise from death. Now, you may get healed in this life like that woman. Praise God! But you may not. Your great-grandma, your friend with cancer, will die, but Jesus will raise their bodies from the dead. Just like that girl. Her sickness killed her, but Jesus raised her from the dead like you get woken up from your afternoon nap. That's the sort of Jesus He is: He saves.

Jesus is the God who saves. He saves you. He saves from sin, from sickness, and from death. Sin is certainly taken care of. His death and resurrection show that. He might heal from sickness. He might not. But what He does promise is to raise you from the dead. Cancer won't win, nor death in any form. On the Last Day, Jesus will prove it forever.

That's the promise of your Baptism. You're in Jesus, and you've already died and risen in Him. It's the promise of His Body and His Blood. He delivers you His Body and His Blood for the forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation. His Supper "keeps you in body and soul unto life everlasting." That's His Name for you. "Yahweh saves." Jesus. And He saves you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

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